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From the recording THUS II [Standard Edition]

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This is the Standard Edition of the second album. There is also the Unlimited Edition which is gapless like a Pink Floyd album and includes 4 additional tracks. This version offers a classic listening experience with a moment of silence between songs. Either way, the compositions themselves are dense and bear repeating to really absorb, though the intent is also to be palatable upon first listening.

THUS II was written over the course of 4/5 years and really ended up being a struggle, as I went into it striving to avoid the old sophomore slump. What emerged over time was an accumulation of short creative spurts as opposed to the first album, written in mainly a single inspired 5 month stretch. I think as a result of that, it was difficult for me to come to terms with the project as a whole in its finished form until I rerecorded, remixed, and mastered it between 2012-2014. Finally I am at peace with this as an album and it stands tall as a companion to the first album.

Lyrics

I've been painting a long time
But you don't get the picture
Screaming inside
While you quietly quote scripture

It's in your nature to do what you do
But your type of creature seems so unnatural to me

I am filled up without
And with you I am empty
Years later I figured out
Adding you subtracted me
Our lives are not intended
to be all that dead ended
Drive this stake into the minds of men

I thought I had something stuck in my eye and when
I looked away I realized it was you

Between love and hating
And other lines I can read between this
Hopeful hiding
and hateful patronizing

I am filled up without
And with you I am empty
Years later I figured out
Adding you subtracted me
Our lives are not intended
to be all that dead ended
Drive this stake into the minds of men

This cycle has repeated
Long before Thus
This cycle has repeated
Long before the Dawn

And now you've had your chance
To turn around and go back
It's down to you and I
And I ain't wasting anymore time

Drive this stake into the minds of men
This utensil through my head